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Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations and men of every language throughout the land:
“May you prosper greatly! I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”  Daniel 6:25-28

Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.”  Daniel 3:28-29

The Book of Daniel is full of exciting incidents that took place in the life of Prophet Daniel and how he found favor in the eyes of great kings such as King Nebuchadnezzar, King Darius, King Belshazzar etc.

Some of the most miraculous events we have heard as Bible stories since childhood such as the fiery furnace incident, the lion's den incident, interpretations of dreams occurred in Daniel's life. He has ministered to many kings of different kingdoms. Yet one thing remained constant throughout his life - His prayer life!

The Scriptures above are in fact testimonies of Daniel shared by the kings who had witnessed these incidents first hand.

In Daniel 6:10 we read, "Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before."
Imagine us in Daniel's place, we would reason, waver, fear the ridicule of not going with the flow. We would  try to fit in. We are afraid to stand up and out for our beliefs.

I believe Daniel's courage that defied the kings' orders to honor God was an effect of the power of his prayers. We waver because we lack prayer. We have ridden too long on others' prayer for us; it is time we get started on our own seeking after the perfect will of God in our lives. After all it is the same God we serve - the God of Daniel! He is able and mighty to save us from our fiery furnace and lions dens like situations. Amen!

"How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him."  I Kings 18:21

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